Week of January 25, 2021
Upcoming Color Calendar
for Week of January 25-29

No School: Friday, January 29 - Teacher Records Day
Winter Recess
As we head into the heart of winter, please make sure your child is wearing the appropriate clothing (winter coat, hat, gloves, etc.) to school and for recess. Students continue to use the playground during the winter months. When a child does not have a winter coat, they will not be permitted to go outside during recess.
 
When the temperature drops below 20 degrees, students will have indoor recess. Since indoor recess games are limited by social distancing, please encourage your child to bring a few items they would enjoy using during indoor recess time (dominoes, legos, puzzles, play-doh, etc.)
Is Your Child Not Feeling Well?
If your child will not be attending school during their hybrid learning day, PLEASE FIRST call the school office as soon as possible at 440-356-3525.  Upon receiving notification of the absence due to an illness or exposure to COVID-19, the office will notify the classroom teacher.  Since the student will be missing in-person learning, they are not expected to complete asynchronous learning activities during that day.  During an extended absence, your child's classroom teachers will contact you and your child to arrange asynchronous learning activities.
Remote Learning Option - RLO
As we continue to welcome students back into Gilles-Sweet for in-person learning, parents/guardians have the option to either keep or enroll their child into the Remote Learning Option. Those students who are currently enrolled in the RLO WILL REMAIN unless a change is desired. If you wish to add your child to RLO or remove, please contact our school office at 440-356-3525 x2104 or jjohnson@fairview.k12.oh.us
 
*When a student is enrolled or withdrawn from the Remote Learning Option, they will change classroom teachers depending upon staffing.  
Gilles-Sweet Student Pen Pal Program
Would your child like the opportunity to be paired with a Pen Pal from Gilles-Sweet? Meet a new friend or learn more about someone they may already know? Improve their letter-writing skills? Receive some fun mail? If so, the Gilles-Sweet Pen Pal Program might be just what they're looking for! 
 
The pen pal program is an at-home initiative designed to connect students who are learning at home with students who are learning in-person in an effort to keep our student body connected during this challenging and isolating time. Participation in the program is entirely VOLUNTARY for students, and parents are required to manage the letter writing and mailing of all letters at home. 
 
If your child is interested, please fill out this form and they will be paired with another student. All participating students will receive a "Starter Kit" including a pencil, fun writing paper, a "Getting to Know You" paper, and stickers that have been generously supplied by our PTA! 
 
Remote students will pick up their kits at school and parents will be notified via email when they are available for pick-up. In-person students will receive a kit from their teachers at school. Each student's pen pal assignment will be included in the "Starter Kit."
 
If you are interested, please click HERE to sign your child up by Friday, February 5th . 
 
Any questions, please contact Meredith Schulte at 440.356.3525 x2102 or mschulte@fairview.k12.oh.us
Girls on the Run
We are excited to begin the Girls on the Run program for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. The program focuses on the whole child, learning important life skills through social/emotional-based interact lessons and physical activity.  
Connecting for Kids Anxiety and Attention Series Electronic Addiction and Remote Learning

Presented by Dr. Jay Berk
Are there ways to stop your child from toggling between games and classwork when they are remote learning?  Should you limit screen time when it’s your child’s only way to connect with friends?

Jay Berk, PhD, psychologist, author, and international speaker of Jay Berk, PhD and Associates, will discuss the most common concerns elementary-aged families have raised about electronics during this pandemic.  

The program includes a live Q&A with Dr. Berk where he will field questions from families on their specific situations.  Join the community of families with an elementary-aged child who struggles with attention and anxiety.  This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Library.  The program is for adults only.  

Wednesday, January 27th from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  
Meeting ID: 370 416 4409 
Password: 266785
Gilles-Sweet PTA Membership - Have you joined?
The PTA has been hard at work trying to plan COVID-style events for this school year. We would like to thank everyone who has joined the PTA so far!

We are using a site called Member Hub for our membership sign ups this year. The link to join is below. Please reach out to Maureen McDonald (moegroves716@yahoo.com) if you have any questions regarding membership or the PTA.

Thank you for all of your support of the Gilles Sweet PTA! MemberHub
Earn Box Tops with Digital Receipts
The Box Tops app is so easy to use. If you are shopping online for groceries or get email receipts, you can still earn Box Tops for Gilles-Sweet.  

1. Download the app on your phone.Box Tops
2. Choose our school: Gilles-Sweet Elementary.
3. Start scanning receipts to earn money for our school!

Gilles-Sweet will still be collecting the old clipped Box Tops that have not expired. Place the Box Tops in a small baggie and send to school with your child. The Box Tops will then be collected from a PTA coordinator who then submits them. 
Mental Health Resources Highlighted by OhioGuidestone
Under the leadership of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, OhioMHAS has ramped up state efforts to increase access to mental health and addiction services and promote helpful resources throughout the pandemic and is approaching the issue of social isolation from multiple angles. Earlier this year, the department established the COVID Careline – 1.800.720.9616 – to help meet the needs of Ohioans struggling with loneliness, isolation and other challenges resulting from the pandemic. OhioMHAS also launched the Strive For Five Challenge, a statewide awareness campaign to help individuals and families cope with feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation by connecting with others. 
 
OhioMHAS and its county partners continue to promote a variety of resources to help young people through these challenging times as well. The Hey I’m Here campaign is a youth-led online community that provides a safe digital space for young people to share their stories, offer encouragement to one-anther, and help peers find mental health resources. Meanwhile, the Be Present Ohio website offers resources for teens and young adults to learn how they can care for their mental health in stressful times, and it provides them with tips for talking to close friends, siblings and classmates who may be struggling emotionally. 
Have you Updated InfoSnap and Emergency Contact Information?
If you haven’t updated your contact information and emergency contacts on InfoSnap, please do so. For your student’s safety it is important that Gilles-Sweet have your most current contact information. Log onto your PowerSchool Parent Portal. PowerSchool From there click the tiny box with an arrow in it on the top right corner. Click on Returning Student Registration. You will be asked to type in your student’s birthday before you can begin. Please call the office at 440-356-3525 if you have questions.
Student Fees
School fees have been applied to your student’s PowerSchool account. Fees this year are $70.50 for all 1st and 2nd graders. Fees for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are $73.50. These student fees are for Technology Insurance, Technology Licenses and Everyday Math workbooks. A check can be sent to Gilles-Sweet (made out to Fairview Park City Schools) for your students school fees. They can also be paid online through the PayForIt Program link on www.fairviewparkschools.org or at www.PayForIt.net. Cash cannot be accepted. Please call the school office at 440.356.3525 with questions.
Family and Community Engagement

Hello Fairview Park Families,
 
Many of the articles I write for this newsletter are ways on how the parent can help their child.....today - I have some information for YOU (the adults).
 
When I saw this article, I thought every adult needs to read this... I hope you agree!
 
(There is a lot of information on this link.....go down to the title "Adult Self-Care".)
 
Have a great week - make sure you do something for you!

 


Ms. Carrie Sullivan
FACE Coordinator
440-356-3510 ext. 4117